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“Are you and tourist that needs hand holding ? Look Elsewhere. a Self Assurred traveler? this is the place” 4 of 5 stars
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Blanc Kara
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   205 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Pointe)   |  
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Ranked #40 of 205 Hotels in Miami Beach
SOBE1
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“Are you and tourist that needs hand holding ? Look Elsewhere. a Self Assurred traveler? this is the place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

My wife and I need a one night staycation on Mother's day { Grandma had the kid} and this place fit the bill. It is a small boutique hotel. Stylish and quiet. Think W-ish without the hassle.Modern with a low key key check in and nice minimal lobby area. No bell hop or formal lobby at all. Rooms vary in size. We had the bigger king suite with kitchenette. Very nice platform bed and couch/loveseat. Flat screen etc.. Nepsresso machine was a nice touch as was the full size fridge and fully supplied kitchen with champagne flutes, plates etc. Clean white lines abound. Minimal w/out feeling sparse. Best area inSouth Beach to get a good nights sleep, but close to everything that matters whilst on vacay here { restaurants, bars and the beach is one block east}. This is the kind of place a world traveler who has seen it all enjoys for its simplicity and discretion. Only tell your best friends.

Room Tip: spend a little more for a suite. Its worth it
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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10 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

The hotel needs some updating although it is new. The pros are: big rooms, silent hotel, very nice neighborhood away from the hussle and bussle of Ocean Drive, very close to the beach, walking distance from restaurants (Big Pink, Fratelli la Buffala and Starbucks).
The down side is the vallet service that brought our car with a flat tire, the cleaning that was resumed to make the beds and exchange of towels. There was no refuel of coffee and edulcorants. Another problem was a lack of wifi in our room (111).

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Charming boutique hotel in quieter neighborhood just south of Fifth Street but still very close to everything. Rooms are on the smallish sized, nicely designed with noise and light very well controlled. The terraces are great, almost more space on the terrace than in the room.

Minimal service amenities. Value is just ok, on the pricey side, but what isn't in South Beach?

Room Tip: The terrace was great
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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231 helpful votes 231 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Let's start for the positive, Blanc Kara is a very tasteful hotel, with lovely rooms and quite a quirky feel about it, albeit reception is a bit basic and with very few adds on.

It is only a block away from the beach in a very good location, but the week point is service, from the entrance to the leaving nobody seems to understand the importance of service, from reception, to check in for anything you ask it seems to be difficult and painful almost as if they are making you a favour to use their hotel. This hotel has an absolute zero culture of service but if you don't mind been ignored, and don't mind basic services it is a lovely quirky hotel

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Alas, I was unlucky enough to come down with the flu on the second day of our trip to Miami Beach and the Blanc Kara, so I spent almost every waking hour in the room for the full week we were there. Fortunately, we had asked for and received a very quiet room on the upper floor at the end of the hallway, and the room with kitchenette was about as comfortable as one could ask for: high quality bed, good television selection, upgraded bathroom, and a unique but not overbearing hip style. Staff were courteous but unobtrusive. Continental breakfast was very simple European style fruit and pastry-- we were a bit out of luck as gluten-free folks. Prices were fair for the value. My only gripe was that the power outlet and lighting situation was a bit funky: some outlets didn't work, and there weren't many of them...and a bedside light was dead. Master light switch cut all power to bedside accent lights, too, so they couldn't be independently controlled. Quibbles aside, this place was great. Very Euro-Miami-"hip"...we were a bit out of place being middle-aged, but nobody seemed to mind!

Room Tip: We had great luck finding a very quiet room at the end of the hall on the upper floor, though you...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014 via mobile

High quality rooms. Unreal location near South Miami beach and the strip. Under 5 min walk away. Lots of eating places near by, so nothing to worry about.

This is a new hotel, and the team are still getting a handle on things. It stated that breakfast was included in the room rate. A refund for the difference was offered.

If you are needing a quiet place to stay, but still want to be near the Miami action, then this is the place!!

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Blanc Kara is a nice boutique hotel. Comfy beds and nice sized rooms. Located at 2nd and Collins, right across the street from the Big Pink. One block from the beach and Starbucks. Full kitchen with all the utensils you need and I was pleasantly surprised to see a Nespresso machine!

No room service so stock up at the Whole Foods (we didn't mind). I would say the only thing we found odd is that they do not have a nice machine.

Overall it was a great experience, I would stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 205 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach > South Pointe
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
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Ranked #40 of 205 Hotels in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Blanc Kara 3.5*
Number of rooms: 25
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